But then the anxiety sets in. Will everyone like the food? Will you finish making it on time? And before you even get to the food, what on earth do you do with the table? Trust us, it doesn't have to be set impeccably -- but you probably want to impress your guests, and not forget to give them a soup spoon when it's time for the tomato bisque.
To ease your nerves a little, we've found this handy table setting diagram (this way you don't have to go through etiquette training like Vivian in "Pretty Woman"). There are two different options to choose from: a casual dinner and a formal dinner.
So get going! Set that table and forget all about it while you throw the best dinner party ever.
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Diagram from Brunch at Saks.
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